Five o’clock downtown can be a bit chaotic. While everyone else prepares to brave the Houston traffic, where can you escape the evening rush and enjoy some of the best appetizers and signature cocktails downtown? The new Sam Bar, located in the upscale Alden-Houston Hotel, offers the perfect solution. The renovated establishment combines classic luxury with an ever-so-slightly masculine aesthetic perfect for the kind of cowboys that own ranches, not the kind that ride the range. Sam Bar provides an ideal atmosphere to have a conversation with business colleagues or catch up with friends, particularly for downtowners. Later in the evening the bar livens up, attracting a younger crowd. Get dressed up and stop by for a drink before heading to some of downtown’s other hot spots, or just meander through the lobby to *17, Alden-Houston's beautiful New American restaurant.